Is Better Than Charity Except The Money Spent On Jihad And
01 November 2010
Living Islam - Questions &
If a man has done the obligatory Hajj, is it
better for him to repeat Hajj and do a naafil Hajj, or
to give that money in charity?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The basic principle is that a naafil Hajj is better
than giving the money that would be used for this Hajj
in charity. But there may be cases where giving the
money in charity is better than doing a naafil Hajj,
such as if the money is spent on jihad for the sake of
Allaah, or for calling people to Allaah (da'wah), or
on needy people, especially if they are relatives.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said in al-Ikhtiyaaraat
Hajj in the prescribed manner is better than charity
that is not obligatory. But if a person has needy
relatives, then giving charity to them is better. The
same applies if there are people who need his help.
But if both of them are voluntary, then Hajj is better
because it is an act of worship which is both physical
and financial. By the same token, udhiyah (sacrifice
on Eid al-Adha) and ‘aqeeqah (sacrifice offered when a
baby is born) is better than giving the price of the
animal in charity. But that is subject to the
condition that the person does religious duties on the
way, abstains from haraam things, offers all five
daily prayers, speaks the truth, fulfils trusts and
does not violate the rights of anyone.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Hajj and ‘Umrah are better than giving the equivalent
amount of money in charity, for the one whose
intention is sincerely for the sake of Allaah alone
and does these rituals in the manner prescribed in
sharee'ah. It was narrated in a saheeh report that the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: ‘From one ‘Umrah to the next is an expiation for
whatever came in between, and an accepted Hajj brings
no less a reward than Paradise.' Narrated by al-Bukhaari,
1773; Muslim, 1349. And he (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: ‘ ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is
equivalent to Hajj.' Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1782;
And he said:
"Whoever has done the obligatory Hajj, it is better
for him to donate the expense of his second Hajj to
the mujaahideen who are striving for the sake of
Allaah, because when the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) was asked which deed is best,
he said, ‘Belief in Allaah and His Messenger.' He was
asked, ‘Then what?' He said, ‘Jihad for the sake of
Allaah.' He was asked, ‘Then what?' He said, ‘An
accepted Hajj.' Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 26; Muslim,
So Hajj comes after jihad. What is meant here is the
naafil Hajj, because the obligatory Hajj is one of the
pillars of Islam, so long as one is able to do it. In
al-Saheehayn it is narrated that the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever
equips a warrior has taken part in the military
campaign, and whoever takes care of his family (in his
absence) has taken part in the military campaign.'
Undoubtedly the mujaahideen who are striving for the
sake of Allaah are in the greatest need of material
help, and spending on them is better than spending on
a voluntary Hajj, because of the two hadeeth quoted
above and others."
And he said:
"It is better for the one who has already done the
obligatory Hajj and ‘Umrah to spend the equivalent of
the cost of a voluntary Hajj and ‘Umrah helping the
mujaahideen who are fighting for the sake of Allaah,
because jihad as prescribed in sharee'ah is better
than a voluntary Hajj and a voluntary ‘Umrah."
Shaykh Ibn Baaz was asked: Is it better to donate
money to build a mosque or to do Hajj on behalf of
"If there is an urgent need to build a mosque, then he
should donate his Hajj expenses voluntarily to help
build the mosque because that will be of greater and
more lasting benefit and will help the Muslims to
establish regular prayers in congregation.
But if the need to spend the expenses of Hajj – I mean
a voluntary Hajj – on building the mosque is not
urgent because there are others who can help with that
who are not planning to go for Hajj, then his spending
on Hajj on behalf of his parents, whether he does that
himself or appoints a trustworthy person to do that,
is better in sha Allah. But he should not do one Hajj
for both of them, rather he should do one Hajj for
each of them separately."
See Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 16/368-372
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
What we think is that spending the money on jihad is
better than spending it on a voluntary Hajj, because
the naafil of jihad is better than the naafil of Hajj.
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/677.